FIGHTING AND DYING FOR THE UNAPPRECIATIVE
In 1777 the Stockbridges reenlisted for varying periods of duty as the northern colonies girded themselves for the enemy advance from the north. By mid-May at least fourteen Stockbridges had enrolled with Capt. Ephraim Cleaveland's company in Col. Michael Jackson's Eight Massachusetts Regiment, now part of the Continental Army. Jehoiakim Mtohksin and two others served in a revived militia unit under David Pixley in Col. John Brown's regiment of the northern army from June 30 to July 26. Mtohksin was listed as a private in this outfit, but soon afterward acquired the title of captain, officially or unofficially. Abraham Nimham and several fellow tribesmen were identified with the regiments of Gen. John Nixon and Gen. John Fellows for about the same period.1
The Stockbridges joined in time to witness a large British army of regulars, Canadians, Hessians, and Indians under the command of John Burgoyne bearing down on Ticonderoga. Outmatched in quantity and quality of soldiers, Arthur St. Clair and his men retreated from the fort on the night of July 5, and the British reoccupied Ticonderoga nearly as easily as the Americans had taken it two years earlier. With Albany his goal, Burgoyne marched a little too leisurely south on the east side of Lake George, slowed down by his own equipment and by skirmishes with retreating Americans, who obstructed roads with felled trees.
Several weeks earlier Burgoyne had held a conference with his four hundred assorted Iroquois and Algonquin allies. Obviously alluding to